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Kölsch: Brewers Explain Best Methods to Make a Great One

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 22, 2024
We’ve covered a number of classic old-world beer styles that originated in Germany—Märzen, helles, Berliner weisse, and schwarzbier—to name a few. With hundreds of years of history, these beers are timeless classics that remain relevant in Germany as well as craft breweries in the U.S., including the kölsch. Kölsch is
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Anchovy Hops: The Essential Guide

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 20, 2024
Recently, we wrote about Segal Ranch’s potential home for a new dynamic hop, Zumo. However, the ranch and “master hop whisperer” Martin Ramos aren’t putting ...
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Chili Peppers in Beer: How to Balance Spicy vs. Spiced Just Right

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 17, 2024
We’re continuing our coverage on adjuncts used to improve beers—honey, coconut, chocolate, fruit candy, and fruit purees—with chili peppers, which can give a nice kick ...
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10 Most Popular Beers in Pennsylvania for the Last 90 Days

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 15, 2024
We understand that as a brewer or brewery owner, it’s essential to understand trends in areas such as beer styles and packaging. For the former, ...
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Zumo Hops: Everything You Need to Know

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 13, 2024
We’ve covered many popular hops, including old-school classics like Centennial and Cascade, post-craft beer revolution hops like U.S.-based Mosaic and Citra, and Southern Hemisphere-based Galaxy ...
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Cascade Hops: The Jack of All Trades in Brewing

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 8, 2024
It’s hard to envision the craft beer movement taking off without the help of the classic “C” hops: Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade. While they ...
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Brewing with Fruity Candy: How Your Favorite Sweet Treat Can Elevate Beer

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 3, 2024
We’ve highlighted how to brew with several of the most popular adjuncts—coconut, chocolate, honey, and fruit purees—that can make your finished product pop. With the ...
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Schwarzbier: How to Perfect This German-Style Dark Lager

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 1, 2024
We’ve written about the best way to brew several traditional European beers: Märzen, Czech pilsner, Belgian tripel, helles lager, and Berliner weisse, to name a ...
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SubZero Hop Kief: A New Liquid Dry Hop Extending Day One Freshness for Months

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: April 29, 2024
While innovations with hop products improve flavor and aroma, the name of the game is yield. Flowable hop innovations—we’ve covered a lot of them, including ...
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Ollie Partners Win Gold, Silver, and Bronze at the World Beer Cup Awards

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By: Grace Lee-Weitz
Published: April 26, 2024
Ollie congratulates all of its brewery partners, who picked up an unprecedented eleven awards at this year’s World Beer Cup awards ceremony, which took place ...
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